Few doubt the power of music. Least of all Ron Robb after his eight year-old autistic son Joshua slipped through the bars of the metal gate at his Southern California school playground on Monday morning and disappeared.
Lost in the woods for almost 30 hours, his family was frantic after police, autism experts and a pack of bloodhounds and 60 volunteers couldn’t unearth him. They were afraid to bring in helicopters and searchlights since the youngster often hides from loud noises and strangers, so they were stumped as what to do.
But somewhere during the desperate hours of the night when a torrential downpour beat down on his missing son, the elder Robb thought of a rather idiosyncratic plan - to blast his son’s favorite music over the San Bernadino National forest’s public address system. His father said Alan Jackson's "Good Time" and one by Ozzy Osbourne, could comfort his young son.
And he was right. Osbourne, a father of six himself, certainly has a way with children, since the sound of the one-time Prince of Darkness (and to be fair, recordings of his father’s voice) lured the boy from his hiding place in the San Bernardino Mountains.
According to officials he was dehydrated, and tired, but generally in good shape. Ozzy’s take on using his recordings to help find the little lost boy? Wife Sharon Osbourne told reporters: "He'll probably start crying because of the picture of that little boy with his school jacket.”